The story of Compaq is well-known: Three ex-Texas Instruments
managers founded Compaq with modest venture funding. Just four
years later, Compaq was on the Fortune 500 list, and, two years
after that, they had exceeded $1 billion in annual revenue. No
company had ever achieved these milestones so rapidly.
But few know the story behind the story. In 1982, when Compaq was
founded, there was no software standardization, so every brand... more...